Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece completes his triptych about the German Occupation of France and the Resistance after Le Silence de la mer and Léon Morin, prêtre. “Now I have said everything about the war” he told the newspaper Paris-Presse.
Atmospheric and gripping, Army of Shadows
is Melville’s most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their own brand of honour in their battle against Hitler’s regime. Special Features
• Army of Shadows - The Hidden Side of the Story -Documentary
• Booklet on the movie written by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor and Film Critic
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Dark as pitch and utterly without compromise, Jean-Pierre Melville's "Army of Shadows" traces the harrowing feats of a small band of Resistance fighters operating during the German occupation of France in World War II. Melville first read Joseph Kessel's slim novel of the same title in 1943, the year it was published, and for the next quarter-century nurtured a desire to turn it into a film. He finally did so in 1969. When "Army of Shadows" was originally released, a French critic wrote that "this Resistance epic was, in the end, a sublime thriller." Melville rejected the comparison, even if it is also entirely possible to see his sublime thrillers as epics of resistance. The great man died in 1973 at the unfair age of 55, collapsing into the arms of a male friend. He left behind one short film and 13 features, a few of which, including "Army of Shadows," are worthy of that overused superlative masterpiece. It is that rare work of art that thrills the senses and the mind. ...Army Of Shadows (1969) ( L'Armée des ombres ) ( L'Armata degli eroi ) (Blu-Ray)